Author: Mattie Nottage Publications

21 Sep
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 118

POWER TO DEFEAT THE GATES OF HELL 

 “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  (Matthew 16:18b) 

The spiritual realm is more real than the natural realm.   Almost everything that we see or experience in the natural world in which we live originates from the realm of the spirit.  In that realm there are two kingdoms that are diametrically opposed to each other; the kingdom of darkness, commanded by satan and the Kingdom of Light which operates under the sovereign rulership of Jehovah, the Almighty God.

Since God gave man dominion over the earth, both the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness seek to advance their purposes on earth by using a human vessel. Once the vessel agrees to be used that is called legal rights.

As a living, created, functioning being God has already given man total dominion to operate His kingdom on earth.  However it is the will of the Father that the Kingdom of God functions on earth as His kingdom functions in Heaven. *(Genesis 1:26-28) * On the other hand, satan fights to oppose the will and purposes of God from manifesting in the earth realm. The enemy operates from the realm of darkness and gains dominion in the earth realm by using demons as his wicked agents.  The enemy may also influence or manipulate a man or woman to carry out his evil purposes.

Matthew 11:12 warns that “Ever since the days of John, the Baptist until right now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.” Every believer, as a citizen of the kingdom of God must understand that we are in a perpetual spiritual warfare against satan and the kingdom of darkness.  Although this warfare is coming from the invisible realm, it is very real.

In Matthew 16, Jesus reveals that even the gates of hell will wage war against the Kingdom of God but will never prevail.  As long as the Church maintained the position that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the One who came to save and set His people  free from the enemy, no matter what attack comes from hell, the righteous would prevail.

When Jesus died, He went to hell and took the keys of access to death, hell and the grave and gave you, as a believer power  on earth to bind and loose, with all of Heaven backing you.    Therefore, you have been given power over all the plans and schemes of the enemy and the Spirit of God will not allow any trap of the enemy to overtake you. (Matthew 16:19, Luke 10:19, 1 Corinthians 10:13)  The shed blood of Jesus Christ fights for you and not even the gates of hell can prevail against you because Jesus died so that you could live!


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03 Sep
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 52

PREPARATION FOR THE GLORY!    

 
          In order for the glory to fall, we must all take responsibility and begin to earnestly seek for the glory of God to return to the House of God.  However, before the glory can return to the house, it must return to the life of each individual that is in the Body of Christ.  As a corporate body, there was a demand placed on each individual, family and tribe to maintain a holy and spiritually pure life.  In the case when Israel went up against the people of Ai, a small group of their enemies, they were sorely defeated.  (Joshua 7:1 – 26)
          When they returned to their camp, David went before the Lord and asked why they had been defeated by their enemies. The Lord revealed to him that there was sin in the camp.  He was instructed to go family by family, row by row and person by person to find out who had sinned.  After this process of elimination was over, it was revealed that Achin had hid false idols in his tent.  The judgment of this sin was death.  Although it was Achin who sinned, his entire family was judged and, ultimately destroyed. After his sin was judged, they again returned to the battle and, now that the presence of God was with them, they were able to win.
          If we are truly seeking a move of God in the midst of our services, we, as a corporate body of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and believers must all begin to take responsibility for the manifestation of His glory; from the parking lot to the pew; from the pew to the pulpit; we are all carriers of the glory of God and must all remain committed to living a holy life.  We all must live in a way that continues to cultivate His presence and an atmosphere for the manifested glory of God.

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03 Sep
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 19

BROKEN VESSELS

“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred (Broken) in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” –  (Jeremiah 18:4)

One of the greatest disappointments for any potter or pottery maker after hours of labour is to have the vessel he is making cracked or broken.  He has to choose to either throw the damaged vessel away or use the same clay to make another one.

He chooses to remake the vessel because he already knows within himself the vessel has potential, regardless of its earlier imperfections. I believe God feels the same way about us. He knows that we have cracks and air bubbles but still chooses to work on us.

Additionally, He puts Apostles, Prophets or Pastors in your life as Potters to help make, mold and fashion you into what He wants you to be. (Ephesians 4:11, 12)

The Apostle, Prophet or Pastor in your life should be chosen by God.   In Jeremiah 3:15, the spirit of God says,  “I will give you Pastors after my own heart…”

In other words you don’t always get to choose your Pastor based on compatibility but rather based on God’s good pleasure and what He seeks to form in you. This Pastor will be used by God to help shape and mold you into God’s desired vessel. Your willingness and humility will help the process, but your pride or unwillingness will prolong and delay the process.

When the vessel is finished being made, the Potter heats a fire extremely hot and shoves the vessel in it. This firery process is to ensure that the vessel is sealed and ready to be polished and painted. It is fire tested!

1 Peter 4:12

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

In 1 Peter 4:12, the Word of God admonishes that you are not to think that fiery trials, which were sent to “try” or “test” you are strange.

The purpose of your test is to refine you and to create of you a vessel that is prepared for any adversity that may come your way.  Just because you are being tested does not mean that God does not love you or that He does not care about you or that He has allowed these trials to come to destroy you.   Nothing could be further from the truth.

As a matter of fact, God sometimes allows you to be broken. He allows you to go through the process to remake you over again. God wants to strengthen you.  That’s right, your “fiery process” is necessary because when the time is right God, Himself wants to put a seal on you that you have been Pressure-Tested…and Approved!

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20 Jul
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 79

DESTROYING DEMONIC TECHNOLOGY (Part 2)

        
Contrary to what many people believe, satan’s kingdom of darkness  is highly organized and operates strategically.   Satan uses demonic technology against you based on information that has been diligently researched.  The enemy’s demonic agents such as familiar spirits, monitoring demons, drones, satanic surveillances and other intel systems gather information about you, your family, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. and with such data, seek to devise a cleverly constructed system through which to destroy you.

At times, the enemy seeks to work with the unrejuvenated areas already working in your life.  The Word of God reveals that men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

Information received from ancestral spirits, familial spirits, family curses, your individual spiritual DNA and the like are gathered by satan’s highly technical system and used against you to defeat you.

The ultimate goal of satan’s demonic infiltration network is to stop you from ever coming into the fullest measure of who you are in God.   Satan seeks to sabotage anything that is God-ordained in your life or that would seek to be a threat to his kingdom.  Any child of God, who knows who they are in God and is able to walk in kingdom power and authority is an ultimate threat to satan’s kingdom.   His network and intel system is diligently at work, day and night to try to defeat you and get you to “change your mind” about serving God.

Psalm 91:5, 6

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

In Psalm 91:5, 6 we see that the enemy attacks with demonic arrows that fly by day; destruction that seeks to operate at noonday and terrors that are unleashed by night; and all of these are launched by wicked demons that exist or walk about in the realm of darkness.  These are all demonic spirits, assigned to weary you, discourage you and terrorize your life.

The Word of God reveals that God commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, therefore light dispels darkness and will always win over the enemy.   (Genesis 1:2, 3; 2 Corinthians 4:6)  God, His confederation of holy angels and the Kingdom of Light will always defeat satan, his demons and the kingdom of darkness.
(Revelation 12:7-11) 

Psalm 91:1 reveals that once you remain under the divine protection and watchful care of the Almighty God, no weapon of the enemy shall be able to prosper against your life. (Isaiah 54:17)  The weapons may form, but they will not prosper.  

No matter what “demonic intel system” the enemy has established, Jesus encourages us in Luke 10:19 that we have power over all the powers of the enemy.  God loves us so much that He will not allow any demonic network or confederation fighting against you to harm you. Your relationship with God, along with a dedicated prayer and Word life, gives you access to the power that God has given you to defeat all the powers, strategies, schemes, plots and plans of the enemy, regardless of his demonic intel systems.  You have the victory through the blood of Jesus Christ and there is nothing that your enemy can do about it!

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20 Jul
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 32

DESTROYING DEMONIC TECHNOLOGY (Part 1)


Have you ever wondered why it is so much easier to watch eight (8) hours of football than to spend an hour in prayer?   Or why you count it as nothing to spend $500 on a shopping spree but feel like you are being robbed when asked to sow $100 into the kingdom of God?   It is because we have maladapted to a worldly system full of demonic technology that boasts of greater pleasures and rewards than those offered in the Kingdom of God.

By definition, technology means the application of scientific knowledge for practical or intended purposes or the demonstration of the purpose of something.  Technology can further be defined as the application of information to define or demonstrate the purpose of a thing.

Therefore, demonic technology is the application and use of scientific and satanic knowledge for the practical purpose, especially from the demonic kingdom, to manipulate, control and ultimately destroying your life.

It is a demonic network built on the world’s carnal system, demonic doctrine, ungodly knowledge and satanic information all in an effort to subvert your love for God and divine purpose and destiny in God.   (Mark 8:36) This system operates from satan’s demonic kingdom of darkness.   Darkness simply means to be void of light.  Since God is a spirit and He is light and in Him there is no darkness at all, spiritual darkness means to be void of the presence  of God. (1 John 1:5; John 4:24) 

Therefore, the spirit of darkness is a demonic principality which works under the direct instructions of the devil, himself.  Every day, this principality along with a confederation of demons are on assignment, launching and devising destructive strategies to seek to cover the earth with darkness and remove God out of the hearts and minds of  people.

This demonic technology was used against the believers in Jude 1 who were admonished to earnestly contend for the faith which was delivered to them by the Apostles.  Jude further speaks of evil men who crept into the fellowship of believers that day to try subvert their minds and twist the truth of gospel. No doubt, these evil men were being used by a confederation of demons to try to sabotage these believers and cause them to abort their kingdom assignment, walk away from the Church or destroy their relationship with God.

Although, the enemy continues to devise wicked conspiracies against the kingdom of God, we, as believers should also be admonished to earnestly spend time strengthening our faith in and relationship with God.  Spending quality time in the presence of God will help you  to identify and overcome the subtle workings of demonic technology in our life, family, community and nation.

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09 Jul
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 64

“YOUR SET TIME OF FAVOR HAS COME!”

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” (Psalms 102:13)

 In this season God desires to bless His people with His “Divine Favor”.  “Divine Favor!” is an uncommon blessing or breakthrough that God Himself has orchestrated and ordained for your life.  This favor comes directly from the hand of God and is released to propel you to your next dimension of success and breakthrough.  

Over the years, I have found that many people are excited to embrace the idea of God’s “Divine Favor” at work in their lives. However, few people actually know how to activate it. As believers, God has given every believer powerful kingdom practices which can attract the presence and divine favor of God to their lives.  This ability, however, is a grace that He bestows upon His children, who love and trust Him; and is cultivated by developing an intimate and personal relationship with Him.

Men of God such as King David and the mighty prophet Elijah knew how to win the heart of God and attract His presence to their lives.  In, 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22, the Word of God says that David was a man after God’s own heart.  David was a worshipper and knew how to seek the face of God to receive victory strategies during times of battle and  how to humble himself to receive the Father’s forgiveness during times of personal failures.

Also, in James 5:17, the Word of God reveals that Elijah was a man with like passions, just as we are, and he knew how to move the hand of God.  He prayed that there be no rain and for the space of three years and six months, it did not rain.  Then he prayed again and the rains came.  Elijah had a relationship with God, where God backed up his words.  The bible never said that God instructed Elijah to declare that there would be no rain.  Elijah declared it and God moved on his behalf.  This type of spiritual authority is bestowed upon the believer who God can trust.  Both men of God had to have developed an intimate relationship with God that would attract His attention and active presence in their lives.

Once you create an atmosphere of worship and devotion to God, not only will you attract His presence to you but you will keep heaven open over your life and His divine favor flowing towards you.

PRAYER:   Father God, I give you thanks and praise for the power of Your Word and that your Word concerning me will not return void.  You declared in Psalm 102:13 that you shall arise and have mercy upon (me) for the time, even the set to time to favor (me) has come.

DECLARATION:  I decree and declare that the divine favor of God will surround me like a shield.  I decree and declare that divine encounters and great doors of opportunity will be opened to me in this season in Jesus’ name.  I declare that this is my time to be blessed and to prosper according to God’s divine plan for my life.  I accept His scepter of blessings and increase that is extended towards me right now in Jesus name

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01 Jul
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 19

SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND THE CURSE OF WITCHCRAFT

 

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

Spiritual Warfare is a reality for every born again believer who loves God and made the decision that they were going to follow after His divine will and plan for their lives.

In the realm of the spirit there are two opposing forces which are the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light.  God is Sovereign Lord and Ruler in the Kingdom of Light while satan rules and instructs the kingdom of darkness. The satanic kingdom operates out of a hierarchal structure of principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places, thrones, dominions, powers, mights, demons and more.

Ever since the devil was kicked out of heaven in Revelation 12, he and his contingent of demons who rebelled against God have come down to the earth realm with a very specific assignment  to wreak havoc in the lives of people.  The enemy knows that he and his demons have a short time before their final judgment  which is an eternity separated from God; forever bound in the bottomless pit in hell.

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  (Revelation 20:10)

In John 10:10, the Word of God reveals that the enemy’s goal in the earth realm is to steal, kill and destroy.  He is such a wicked adversary that his desire is to see people in bondage, hardship, pain and torment.  He came down to the earth realm to, not only bring affliction and distress, but to try and deceive people to also rebel against God or the Kingdom of God and to become a part of his demonic kingdom.  If you are not serving God, you are serving the devil and become a candidate for him to use in the earth realm to help him advance his wicked plans.  As he has deceived many angels who were cast out of heaven with him, his attention is now to try and deceive as many people on earth to serve and follow him rather than serving and following after the One True God, Jehovah who is blessed forever.

Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure:  (Isaiah 5:14)    

The devil’s ultimate goal is to cause as many people as he can influence, persuade, manipulate or convince to receive the same eternal judgement he faces that was only reserved for him and his angels. And how is he planning to accomplish this great deception in these last days? Through the use of witchcraft! Every form of witchcraft. Witchcraft at every level and degree, by whatever means necessary.

Witchcraft is the manipulation, domination, control or evil influence over the mind, will, intellect and/or emotions of an individual in order to subvert their divine purpose in God or to destroy them.  Witchcraft is outright rebellion against God and His Word.  It is motivated by evil powers from the kingdom of darkness to carry out its diabolical intentions. The enemy can use  anyone to seek to rise up against you. (1 Samuel 15:23)

Witchcraft attacks can come from family members, co-workers and even friends in the form of household witchcraft; from witches, evil men and other wicked people through psychic witchcraft; from internal wars within churches in the form of religious witchcraft; through false propaganda to trust in the government more than in God in the form of governmental witchcraft; from your own human spirit in the form of self witchcraft which is going after your own carnal desires more than pursuing the things of God.

The ultimate curse of succumbing to a witchcraft attack is to lose your relationship with God and spend an eternity separated from Him. Jude 1:3 speaks volumes to every believer…that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Christians! Believers! Children of God!…you’ve got to fight! You cannot allow anyone or anything to distract you from serving God.  Jesus died so that you could be free from the relentless attacks of the enemy to serve God now and throughout eternity.  Your eternity starts now with accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Once you accept Him, you are saved from hell’s eternal damnation and now have a right to live the abundant life He designed for you. Jesus loves you so much that He came to earth to sacrifice His life so that you could live abundantly with Him today, tomorrow and forever!

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30 Jun
By: Mattie Nottage Publications 36

DELIVERANCE FROM SOUL WOUNDS AND SOUL SCARS

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?  (Proverbs 18:14) 

Years ago the Spirit of God showed me that that human soul is just as fragile as an egg.  Just as you would handle an egg with the utmost care and not just throw it around, so must you be careful what you expose your soul to.  In Proverbs 4:23, the Word of God warns us that we are to guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life. This simply means that we have to be careful what we allow to happen to us and who we allow access to us.

We  have to be selective of what advice we take; which relationships we pursue; which decisions to make; which occupations to go after and the like.  The wrong people speaking into your life can derail you and cause you years of unnecessary heartache or despair.

The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

If your heart is pure, you will be able to produce what is good and pure.  However, if your soul becomes hurt or wounded then it is susceptible to soul contaminants such as bitterness, resentment, hatred, jealousy, envy, strife or the like.  These ungodly contaminants cause you to see everything in life from a distorted perception and can attract negative people, negative experiences and even cures to your life.

In Luke 6:45, the Word of God reveals that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks; meaning, whatever is in your heart, is what is going to come out of your spirit.

The truth of the matter is, however, whatever the condition or “health” of your soul is directly related to how sound your decisions in life will be and how you will rebound from devastating experiences. This is why you must protect your soul; your mind, against negative thoughts and negative-speaking people; your will, against what you want that may not line up with the will of God for your life; your intellect, against how you interpret or process what  you experienced, heard or felt; and your emotions, against negative people who do not care about you or how you feel.

If your soul ever becomes wounded, only the love of God can deliver you, even in the hidden cavities of your soul, from deep-seated hurt and destructive soul wounds.  Jesus knows everything about you.  He created you and knows how to heal you if you want to be free.  (John 8:36)

 

No matter how deeply rooted or how long your soul has been scarred, the spirit of God knows how to heal you. He is the only one to whom you can freely give all of your heart, soul and self.  You can freely cast all of your hurt, your disappointment, your pain upon Him and know that you are totally safe because He knows how to love and deliver you out from the bondages of every soul wound or soul scar! (Psalm 102:20)

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29 Jun
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WHO CAN HEAL A WOUNDED SOUL?

 

THE TREACHERY!  THE DECEPTION!  THE BETRAYAL! THE DECEIT! THE TRAUMA! THE TRAGEDY!
Whatever the assault, you never saw it coming!  Not only were you left to make sense of it all, but no one knew how deeply your soul had become wounded or scarred.

Your soul comprises of your mind, your will, your intellect and emotions.  Your soul is the part of you that you cannot see that God has given you to interpret life.  Man is a spirit who lives in a body and possesses a soul.  When God breathed into Man or mankind, the Bible says that Man became a living soul (or a living nephesh – Greek); a created being given the ability to think, suggest, prefer, make decisions and more, just like God.

The essence of who a man or a person is lies within the DNA or cavities of his soul. The essence of who a person or a man shall become also lies within the arena of the soul.  Therefore, the enemy knows that if he can disfigure, attack or wound your soul, he can destroy the very essence of God’s idea of who you were supposed to become.

Soul wounds and soul scars are one of the most effective weapons that the enemy employs in spiritual warfare.   Once your soul has been wounded, if you are not healed or delivered, these wounds can alter your entire life.

The sudden death of a loved one.  Addiction to alcohol or drugs.  A brutal rape as a teenager. Physical abuse as a child.  A bitter divorce from the man or woman with whom you vowed to spend the rest of your life.  Bankruptcy and the sudden loss of all possessions are just some traumatic experiences that have plagued people’s lives and derailed them from living the life that God truly has for them. Bound by spirits of heartbreak, fear, insecurity, disappointment, rejection, depression, unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment, many waste precious time living beneath their privilege.

Some attacks can be so devastating or traumatizing that one blow can you leave you in a lifetime struggle to be free. These attacks are launched by the enemy to disfigure your soul and eventually sabotage your destiny and purpose in God.

1 John 3:8

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Who can heal a wounded soul?  Jesus can!   in 1 John 3:8, we are encouraged that the purpose Jesus came was destroy every work of the enemy in your life.  If it is affliction the enemy placed upon your life, then Jesus is able to deliver you from it. (Psalm 34:19) No matter what assault, affliction or attack the enemy launched against your life nor how devastating the experience Jesus came to heal you, no matter where you have been wounded.   God loves you so much and He has great things in store for your life.  When He created you, He breathed an essence of Himself in you and now He wants to see what He had in mind for you come to pass.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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22 Jun
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OVERCOMING THE CURSE OF HOUSEHOLD WITCHCRAFT

The spirit of a thing carries the nature and characteristic of that thing.   Witchcraft is a demonic practice which conjures up devastating attacks to the mind and soul of an individual in an effort to cause harm, injury or pain.

This wicked practice targets the minds of people, can originate from several different sources and can manifest in several different ways.   Some of these ways were generated by the home environment you grew up in or the social environment in which you are connected      known as Household Witchcraft.

Household witchcraft is very subtle because this represents commonly held tendencies, attitudes or beliefs that you were either taught or grew up experiencing but are now working against you; bringing destructive curses upon your life.  These subtle workings are all a part of the enemy’s wicked devices which seek to sabotage your destiny and leave you void of experiencing all that God has for you.  (John 10:10)

For some men, you may have grown up seeing your father smoking, drinking or having a lot of women and at the time he says to you that these are the things you should be doing to prove you are a man.  For some women, they may have grown up seeing their aunts have children out of wedlock and believed that this is how you are supposed to live your life.  On the other hand, some women may have witnessed their father abusing their mother and believe that this is the way a man shows love to a woman, by abusing her.

Household witchcraft can be very subtle.  These practices are so familiar to you that you have unknowingly embraced them as your personality, a part of who you are or a part of what you do.  How many times have someone tried to bring something to your attention and your response, generally is, “Well, that’s just the way I am.” Or “I’m just being myself.” Or, “Well, growing up, this is what we did.”

It has to do with certain beliefs held by family members, friends, coworkers or those believed by a group called your “inner circle” which seek to manipulate your mind and fight against or resist the will, plan and purpose of God in your life.

Anything that fights against the will of God for your life is of the devil.  In 3 John 1:2, the Word of God reveals that above everything else in life, it is the will of the Father that you prosper because your soul is prospering.  The prosperity of your soul speaks to a peace, love, joy and soundness of mind, knowing that everything you are doing is in divine alignment with the will of God for your life. Jesus wants to set you free from household witchcraft so that you can experience your best life ever! (1 John 3:8)

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